Hike Mount Storm King in Olympic NP

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Distance

3.91 miles

Elevation Gain

2251 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Added by Jason Horstman

If you're looking for the best bang for your buck, this is your hike. With a short and steep trail that offers sweeping views of Lake Crescent and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, this hike won't disappoint.

The trailhead is located right next to the Storm King ranger station adjacent to Lake Crescent right off Hwy 101 just past Port Angeles if heading West.

It shares the same trail as, and breaks off left from the Marymere Falls trail (also worth seeing) about a quarter mile in (look for signage). From there, the path wastes no time heading straight up for almost the entire way. The trail itself is very distinguishable and one need not worry about getting lost. After countless switches, you'll come to viewpoint that offers partial views of Crescent Lake. At this point, you are getting very close to the top. After continuing on, you cross over a ridge that brings you to a series of ropes which you'll use to ascend to the top. After 4-5 sections of rope (the first of which seemed to be the most daunting), you make a short scramble to the top, where you'll be rewarded with sweeping panoramic views. Take time to eat some snacks and refuel before heading down, as you'll need as much energy as possible to descend back down the ropes and steep switchbacks.

Pro tip: for some great after-hike brews and food, head to Next Door Gastropub in Port Angeles.

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Steep but so worth the burn!

Mount Storm King is a relatively short, yet incredibly steep hike. You are rewarded with spectacular views at the top, so be sure that you use the ropes to help you reach the summit views.

CALVE DESTROYER!!

This one runs your calves thin on the way up and kills your knees on the way down but it is so worth it on a clear day. It is arguably the most beautiful view in the Olympic Peninsula.

You’ll feel like Storm King after this one!

100% recommend this hike. Be prepared for your legs to get a killer workout though! The view at the top is absolutely stunning!

A Beast but worth it

This trail was a beast. Luckily it's not very long but everything you hear about the steep incline is true. It's well worth the view once you get to the top

Unforgiving Hike Worth It

The hike has countless switchbacks with steep elevation gain right off the bat. The view at the top is oh so worth it! Once you rrach the ropes, youre incredibly close to the top. I suggest some highly grippy shoes just for the ropes section, and some gloves as well because those things are quite dirty. I wouldnt suggest this hike when snow has fallen. The trail off shoots from the waterfall trail. Dont pass up seeing the waterfall at the bottom. In my opinon, knock the waterfall off first because you will DEFINITELY be tired once you come down.

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